Selected publications of the Center for History of Physics

Unless otherwise stated, all publications listed below are available through the Center for History of Physics. The maximum number of copies of a free title is one per request.

Printable order form

To avoid a billing fee of $2.50, please remit payment, in U.S. dollars by check drawn on a U.S. Bank, to the American Institute of Physics

AIP History of Physics Newsletter

This biannual publication (issued every spring and fall) reports on Center activities and other information regarding the history of physics. Subscription is free and available by contacting the Center for History of Physics. FREE.

Recent Publications on the History of Physics

A bibliography of books compiled by Stephen G. Brush, University of Maryland, Per F. Dahl and Eleanor Dahl, Berkeley, California, and the staff of the Niels Bohr Library. Published as a supplement to the fall issues of the Newsletter of the Center for History of Physics and also available separately. FREE.

History Center brochure

AIP Center for History of Physics. This free brochure, which outlines the purpose and programs of the Center, is available by contacting the AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.

Niels Bohr Library brochure

Niels Bohr Library. This free brochure, which outlines the purpose, programs, and resources of the Center's Niels Bohr Library, is available by contacting the AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.

Emilio Segrè Visual Archives brochure

A collection of some 25,000 historical photographs, slides, lithographs, engravings, and other visual materials. This free brochure provides information on the use of these materials and lists its major holdings. FREE.

Scientific Source Materials: A Note on Their Preservation

This brochure, revised in 1999, was written as an aid to preserving materials documenting the life of scientists. Up to 10 copies of the print version are free and available by contacting the AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.

Images of Einstein: A Catalog

Compiled by Joan Warnow. 80 pp., 1990 3rd Revised Printing (Pub. R-28). This catalog contains over 600 photographs of Albert Einstein, including reproductions, caption information, and sources for ordering prints. Limited quantity. ISBN 0-88318-248-3. Cost: $15.

Guide to the Archival Collections in the Niels Bohr Library at the American Institute of Physics

(International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences Report No. 7.) Hardcover and Softcover Repository guide covering all the unpublished resources in the AIP Center for History of Physics' Niels Bohr Library, containing descriptions and indexes covering hundreds of collections of physicists' papers and institutional records, oral history interviews, manuscript biographies, etc. Also included is information on historical photographs, audiotape recordings, and the Library's finding aids to collections at repositories around the world.

Hard Cover ($135) ISBN# 1-56396-379-5, Soft Cover ($75) ISBN# 1-56396-435-X. Available from the AIP Center for History of Physics. Included with the Guide, at no charge, is a separate bound copy of the Supplement to the Guide to the Archival Collections in the Niels Bohr Library at the American Institute of Physics, 1993-1996 (International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences Report No. 8). Incorporated in online catalog.

Guide to Sources for History of Solid State Physics

Compiled by Joan Warnow-Blewett and Jürgen Teichmann for the International Project in the History of Solid State Physics. (International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences Report No. 6.) Published in 1992. This catalog describes documentary materials relating to solid state physics including papers of physicists, institutional records, and oral history interviews. LC 92-72623. ISBN 1-56396-068-0. Cost: $19.

Preliminary Finding Aid to the Archives of the Lick Observatory

From the card catalog maintained by the Lick Observatory Archives Staff, University of California at Santa Cruz. (National Catalog of Sources for History of Physics Report No. 5.) 56 pp., 1980 (Pub. R-293). This finding aid contains a listing of correspondents identified in the Lick Archives with information on the number of items and date spans. Cost: $15.

Guide to The Robert Andrews Millikan Collection at the California Institute of Technology

By Albert F. Gunns and Judith R. Goodstein. (National Catalog of Sources for History of Physics Report No. 4.) 218 pp., June 1975. This guide covers the entire collection of Millikan's papers at Caltech. Cost: $15.00

Rutherford Correspondance Catalog

Compiled by Lawrence Badash. (National Catalog of Sources for History of Physics Report No. 3.) Pub. R-264. 174 pp., October 1980. This catalog contains an alphabetical and chronological listing of all known Rutherford correspondence preserved in the Cambridge University Library and other repositories. Cost: $16.

AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations

Reports presenting findings of the AIP Center's study of the organizational structures and functions of large research collaborations. Of broad interest to scholars concerned with the social context of modern science or current archival methodology. Particularly useful to those institutions and individuals with responsibilities for selecting records of archival value to meet the needs of administrators and future historians and other scholars. All reports are FREE.

See also the published articles on project findings by Joel Genuth et al.

1. AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Phase I: High-Energy Physics. New York: American Institute of Physics, 1992. Full set of reports (1 through 4) available in a binder. Report No. 1 available separately. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.

2. AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Phase II: Space Science & Geophysics. College Park: American Institute of Physics, 1995. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.

3. AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Phase III: Ground-Based Astronomy, Materials Science, Heavy-Ion and Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics, and Computer-Mediated Collaborations. College Park: American Institute of Physics, October 1999. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.

4. AIP Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Final Report. College Park: American Institute of Physics, May 2001. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.

  • Highlights and Project Recommendations, by Joan Warnow-Blewett, Joel Genuth, and Spencer R. Weart. 66pp., May 2001. (Download a PDF file, 855K. To view, you'll need Adobe Acrobat, a free PDF viewer.)
  • Documenting Multi-Institutional Collaborations, by Joan Warnow-Blewett, Joel Genuth, and Spencer R. Weart. 254pp., May 2001. (Download a PDF file, 2.7MB. To view, you'll need Adobe Acrobat, a free PDF viewer.)

Documentation of Postwar Physics

A set of booklets developed by the AIP Center for History of Physics' extensive study of records keeping and records appraisal at U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories. Generally useful for large laboratories and other research institutions initiating or upgrading archival programs. FREE.
  • A Study of Preservation of Documents at Department of Energy Laboratories, by Joan Warnow, et al. 33 pp., January 1982. The final report to the Department of Energy covering the elements of the AIP study, its findings and its recommendations. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.
  • Guidelines for Records Appraisal at Major Research Facilities; Selection of Permanent Records of DOE Laboratories: Institutional Management and Policy, and Physics Research, by Joan Warnow and the AIP Advisory Committee on the Documentation of Postwar Science. 31 pp., 1982, revised 1985. Methodology for reviewing information content of management and policy files, and for identifying records of archival value from R & D files. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.
  • Files Maintenance and Records Disposition: A Handbook for Secretaries at Department of Energy Laboratories, by Jane Wolff. 21 pp., 1982, revised 1985. A prototype handbook on the importance of records, setting up and using a filing system, and proper records disposition. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics.

History of Physicists in Industry

A systematic study of the organizational structure, communications patterns, and archival records of industrial physicists in the U.S.; the report provides general guidelines for understanding and documenting their work

Reprints of Articles  

  • Preserving the Heritage of Discovery, by Spencer Weart. 5 pp., 2002. An article from Physics Today describing the history of the Niels Bohr Library on its 40th anniversary. FREE. Available online.
  • Science After '40. Documenting Recent Science: Progress and Needs by Joan Warnow-Blewett. 34 pp., 1992. Article describing discipline history centers and projects to document modern science and technology. FREE.
  • Preserving and Making Known the History of Physics: The American Institute of Physics Center for History of Physics, by Spencer Weart. 15 pp., 1986. Article describing the resources and services of the Center for History of Physics. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.
  • The Documentation Strategy Process: A Model and a Case Study, by Larry J. Hackman and Joan Warnow-Blewett. 35 pp., 1986. Article describing how the archival community might strengthen its ability to analyze documentation needs and address these needs more efficiently. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.
  • Saving the Records of Science and Technology: The Role of a Discipline History Center, by Joan Warnow-Blewett. 11 pp., 1987. Article describing the AIP Center's programs to improve the selection of materials for long-term retention. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.
  • The Role of a Discipline History Center, Part II: Promoting Archives and Research in Science and Technology, by Joan Warnow-Blewett. 19 pp., 1989. Article describing the Center's efforts to develop the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) and the project to extend the coverage of the ICOS and make it more widely available to researchers. Available free from AIP Center for History of Physics. FREE.